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[QUOTE]NY attorney general gets more ISPs to block alt.* newsgroups

By John Timmer | Published: July 11, 2008 - 02:28PM CT

Last month, the New York state Attorney General, Andrew Cuomo, announced that a sting operation had uncovered an indifference on the part of Internet service providers regarding complaints about child porn accessible through their networks. Using a combination of legal threats and public shaming, Cuomo was able to get three ISPs to drop access to the entire alt.* hierarchy of Usenet, a move that encouraged California to request similar measures. Now, in a sign that these efforts against child porn were becoming a movement, Cuomo has announced the launch of a web site, nystopchildporn and agreements with two more ISPs.

AOL is the subject of one of the new agreements, which isn't much of a surprise, given that its corporate sibling, Time Warner Cable, had already signed on with Cuomo. It will apparently require no changes on its part, as CNET reports that the company had already implemented a policy of blocking child porn access. AT&T is the other, and, given that it's apparently the US' largest service provider, it represents a significant accomplishment for the AG. Apparently, AT&T's efforts will be as indiscriminate as those pursued by Verizon, in that they plan on blocking access to the entire alt.binaries.* hierarchy.

Cuomo's new web site signifies that he's clearly not done yet. It includes contact information for 20 ISPs that presumably operate in New York, and text of a letter to send to them to urge that they sign on to the campaign. Its promised link to a printable PDF of the letter, however, is nonfunctional.

Andrew Cuomo

Regardless of how you feel about Cuomo's efforts or the implementation of his agreements by the ISPs, it's difficult to interpret the new site as anything more than an effort in self promotion. Its intent is signaled by the entry page, which is entitled "Press Releases" and contains an animation that rotates through four photos of Cuomo announcing the site's launch. Three of the four sentences in the draft letter to ISPs include Cuomo's name, and the fourth refers to him by his title.

The letter is also notable for the fact that it no longer focuses on the actual accessibility of child porn via the ISP, and instead simply requests they join in Cuomo's campaign. The rapid shift of focus from an identifiable problem to a high-publicity campaign seems as likely to produce cynicism as it is to lead to progress on the underlying issue.

Ah government.....doing something...just because....they they have nothing better to do....

[QUOTE]NVIDIA newest patent beatdown target for Rambus

By Jon Stokes | Published: July 11, 2008 - 11:00AM CT

We thought that Rambus' legal saga was finally winding down this year, with the cards largely having fallen in Rambus' favor. A jury in California determined that the company's patenting of DDR technology was not done fraudulently, and the DC Court of Appeals has determined that the FTC did not provide sufficient evidentiary support for its intervention in the RAM market. But instead of winding down, Rambus was apparently just warming up. The IP-only memory company has decided to start looking beyond traditional RAM manufacturing companies for further licensing, and has set its sights on graphics giant NVIDIA.

The suit was filed yesterday in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, and alleges a variety of patent violations by NVIDIA. The allegations focus on the memory controllers used in NVIDIA products, and specifically mention both its chipsets, which use SDR and DDR RAM, and its graphics chips, which use different forms of GDDR. Rambus obviously wants damages from NVIDIA, but the suit also raises the threat of injunctive relief. An injunction against shipping products is the sort of low-probability, high-consequence threat that's typically used to hasten settlements.

Rambus claims that it has been trying to negotiate a royalty agreement for six years, but has gotten nowhere with it. The company also suggest that settling now is a good idea, as things will only get worse. "As NVIDIA advances its product portfolio," general counsel Tom Lavelle said in a statement, "it infringes more and more of our patents."

Now that Rambus has a number of IP litigation victories under its belt, the company has a firmer platform from which to launch further suits. The clearest indication of how important the courts have become for the company may be the fact that its investor relations page has a link for litigation updates. With memory controllers going onboard the CPUs of chips from both Intel and AMD, microprocessor manufacturers may well move into Rambus' litigation crosshairs.



Ah modern gaming its like modern film only the watering down of fiction and characters is replaced with shallow and watered down mechanics, gimmicks and shiny-er "people".
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